Crafting a workplace for the future

Crafting a workplace for the future

Lemay’s Montreal office hosts some 350 professionals and is an experimental laboratory for innovations in sustainability and workplace design.

It was already a socially and environmentally responsible gesture to plant itself at the heart of Montreal’s South-West borough, an up-and-coming neighbourhood also home to the firm’s own humble beginnings.  But instead of designing a new building, Lemay chose to transform a neglected 1950s-era warehouse into offices for its growing transdisciplinary team. It seized the opportunity to design a unique work environment for testing out new concepts and Net positive approaches in support of the design excellence and sustainable development leadership Lemay offers its clients.

Greenery permeates the indoor space year-round: a living green wall, climbing plant modules and a green room improve indoor air quality and balance humidity, while promoting a vital natural connection and fostering well-being. All office areas have access to daylight and views, reducing the need for artificial lighting.

The Phenix boasts a rare (maximum) 3-star Fitwel rating, as well as Zero Carbon Building Standard and is aiming for LEED-Platinum certification  – Performance and Living Building Challenge – Petal Certification.

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Awards and mentions

2020
Best in Building Health – Fitwel 2019
Center for Active Design
2020
Zero Carbon Building – Performance
Canada Green Building Council
2020
American MasterPrize, Honorable Mention
Architectural Design - Green Architecture
2020
Green Building Excellence Award - New Construction
Canada Green Building Council
2018
INOVA Award
Urban development institute of Quebec
2019
Eureka! d’un Québec vert et prospère: Green building and construction
Écotech Québec
2019
Stephen R. Kellert Biophilic Design Award - Interior/Renovation
Living Future Institute
2021
Silver Winner, Building Conversion & Recycling (Rebirth Project)
Grands Prix du Design
2021
Gold Winner, Low-Rise Office Building (< 5 storey-high)
Grands Prix du Design
2021
Silver Winner, Architecture + Climate Change
Grands Prix du Design